Human society has always needed art. At this point in time it perhaps needs it more than ever, especially in an integrated way within fields that otherwise lack it. The current paradox is how much opportunity there is to create amazing, entirely new forms of art, while at the same time the massive flood of input we receive daily can easily result in information overload, confusion, and a struggle to stay focused on the work we do.
For adult humans, the norm since about 100 years back has been to perform one job only, each day, as our contribution to society. Prior to that everyone would perform (and know how to perform) a wide variety of essential tasks. No wonder people suffer from depression, boredom, distraction, and any given "disorder" -- human evolution and biology understandably haven't stood a chance against the rapid pace in which modern society has altered our way of life.
Being an artist is an identity;
Extensive knowledge about art and art history is obviously helpful to anyone who identifies themselves as an artist, but ultimately it is the inspiration and drive that makes art happen. One could perhaps say that when an artist becomes the art, they have reached the next level.
Many may have art-related hobbies and/or enjoy going to art museums, but unless art in some way is a part of our profession, we can easily lose touch with our curious, creative, playful side; the side that is naturally inclined to create art. Balancing the left and right brain and generating synergies by using them together is something anyone would benefit from in a multitude of ways, no matter what their day job is. Art is essential to our wellbeing and makes us a happier, more holistically conscious species.
As an artist, Annika feels a strong sense of duty to depict current times and in some way integrate art into everything she does. Sometimes by challenging social norms and opinions or by exposing a different perspective; even when (or perhaps especially when) the "audience" least expects it or feels uncomfortable with it. Other times through more obvious physical actions, behaviors, or flash-mob performances - planned or spontaneous - alone or in collaboration with others (check this out for an example if you're curious).
“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable."